Arizona Republicans Introduce Bills To Destroy Labor Unions

Author: February 2, 2012 8:01 am

Arizona Republicans are aiming to be tougher than Wisconsin on labor unions. On Monday, Arizona Senate Republicans introduced four anti-union bills in an attempt to completely eliminate collective bargaining and wipe out unions altogether. With these bills, Arizona becomes yet another Republican controlled state to attack labor unions, along with Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana.

According to Talking Points Memo, the bills ban collective bargaining by all public unions, including fire fighters and police, and would prohibit state and local government workers from taking money from their own paychecks to pay union dues. The bills even ban state and local governments from paying public employees to do union work. Basically, the bills kill labor unions entirely, which makes them far worse than anything Wisconsin Republicans have passed to date. This means that American workers in Arizona will no longer have a place at the negotiating table to fight for their pay. Employers now have all the power.


The conservative think tank Goldwater Institute helped write the bills. The director of the institute’s Center for Constitutional Government, Nick Dranias, freely admitted that the bills would kill unions. Because the bills strip unions of all power, “Gradually this would cause people to leave the unions as they recognized that unions no longer have an unfair bargaining advantage given to them by collective bargaining laws. They’ll realize that unions don’t do much for them.”

The thing is, unions don’t have an “unfair” advantage in bargaining. What this bill really does is give ALL the bargaining power to employers to the point where employers don’t have to negotiate at all. They can pay workers as little as they please because employees no longer have a place at the negotiating table. It’s a corporate wet dream.

Dranias says he considers Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker a “hero,” so it’s probably not a coincidence then that the Institute hosted the Governor as a guest at an event in November. I wouldn’t be surprised if Walker actually chimed in on what to write into the bill.

This isn’t just a declaration of war against unions, it’s an attempt to wipe them out via genocide. Republicans absolutely do not want unions to exist. The idea that workers have the right to fight for pay raises and benefits is a threat to them. They would rather American workers slave away until they die in unsavory working conditions for the amount of money a 13 year old Chinese kid makes to assemble an Apple product, which is $1.35 an hour. This way, corporations get really cheap labor and pay their CEO’s even MORE money. It also gives corporations more cash to use to buy elections with so that Republicans can remain in charge to screw over American workers even more.

Unions are necessary to protect American workers. There is a strong connection between the weakening and disappearance of unions and the increase of the outsourcing of American jobs overseas. Unions not only protect American jobs, they fight for the right of workers to make livable wages, to have vacations, to have weekends off, to work 40 hour weeks, and to do that work in safe working conditions. In Germany, unions actually boost the economy because workers have more to spend on German made products. It’s the ultimate way to stimulate the economy. They don’t believe in “trickle down economics” that favor the rich. This is why the German economy is so strong right now. They have strong unions. And so should America.

How can we even hope to revitalize the American economy if workers are paid less and less while the cost of living keeps rising? Without unions, workers are powerless. Corporations will take complete advantage of that, and remember, Republicans are assaulting minimum wage laws as well so it won’t be long before Americans are forced to work day and night for $1.35 an hour. And you can bet that the cost of housing, transportation, gas, and other products won’t come down to match it. In other words, Republicans are going to make it even harder for Americans to live in America.

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6 Comments

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    This whole anti-union push sort-of makes sennse from a pure greed standpoint, but the AFL-CIO has not stood up for the workers of America for DECADES!!!

    AFL-CIO: Where were you when Wisconsin introduced it’s first anti-union volley? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/10/wisconsin-union-bill-pass_n_834268.html

    Where were you when the GOP aid off the judges that allowed this travesty? http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/20/392885/justice-who-upheld-gov-walkers-anti-union-law-received-over-10k-worth-of-free-services-from-walkers-law-firm/

    The bill was PASSED in March 2011. In AUGUST, the AFL decided to meet to discuss it…

    Disgusting!

    The AFL is just another self-serving corporation that does NOT represent the American worker. You want your rights, you are going to have to TAKE them.

  • What I don’t understand is why the Government is at war with people who work for a living?
    It has to be driven by bribes,and GREED…….

  • Elections matter. Remember this when you are in the voting booth. That person that is preparing your food, bringing you your medications, taking care of you or grannie might be a downtrodden,uneducated low wage individual that has no reason whatsoever to give a shit about you.

  • And chances are New Hampshire will introduce similar legislation. What the heck is happening?

  • AR-R-R-GH! I’m beginning to think our (Arizona’s) legislature is addicted to getting national headlines. How do these idiots not realize that they are scaring people away from Arizona? No people, no economic recovery. No people, more abandoned homes. The only hope is that they are on a runaway train of madness that will finally wake up what’s left of the populace.

    • Henry D. Rinehart

      No, Deborah, the only hope is people like you going to the voting booths and voting these idiots out, and starting up recall proceedings between election years. The Republican’ts are TRYING to destroy our economy, they want to wreck the country so that the poor, panicked, ignorant people will beg them to destroy what’s left of the Constitution and give the country into the hands of the Rich Men Who Would Be Kings. Or the “Christian” Dominionists, who have their own agenda and goals, but whose dream also starts with doing away with the Constitution.

      The sad thing is that both the rich and the Dominionists have openly declared war on America, and America isn’t doing anything about it! Instead the people who are supposed to be the watchdogs of our government, the defenders of our Constitution, our politicians, are either bending over backwards to not appear to be unfair (the Democranks) to the people who are trying to destroy America, or are actually conspiring in the destruction of the Constitution and the United States (the Republican’ts).

      The only answer to this problem is to begin IMMEDIATELY to vote out EVERY politician who votes for or proposes legislation that weakens the Constitution. We have to vote out EVERY politician who claims that “America was founded on Christian principles”, and refuse to elect anyone who is not staunchly for the separation of church and state. We need to immediately RECALL every politician who attempts to legislate religious matters into state or federal law, and repeal every single state and federal law respecting any religious article of any kind. We desperately need to have everyone running for political office undergo a comprehensive battery of psychological tests, and tell anyone who isn’t at least reasonably sane that they cannot ever hold political office.

      Or the brave experiment that is America will fail. It will either become a group of warring fiefdoms under whatever law the rich ruler of that fiefdom declares, or the Ecclesiastic States of Amerikkka, under strict Mosaic law. Either way it won’t be good for the common people of America.

      But they’ll deserve exactly what they get for not paying attention, for being gullible, and for not holding our politicians accountable while we had the chance.

      God help us all.

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